CHANTILLY, Va. — Cries of “I see it!” rang out through the crowd as a speck on the horizon got bigger and bigger, resolving into the odd shape of two attached aircraft approaching. Soon it was close enough to make out space shuttle Discovery riding piggyback aboard a jumbo jet.
The spiderlike shape of Moscow appears at the center of this nighttime image taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Reinvigorating space exploration in the United States will require not only boosting NASA’s budget but also getting the public to understand how pushing the boundaries of the space frontier benefits the country’s innovation, culture and economy, said renowned astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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A stunning new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope has captured an unprecedented panoramic view of the Tarantula nebula, revealing its bright heart of massive stars. The photo is actually a colossal mosaic — one of the largest ever built from Hubble images — and shows an intense star-forming hotspot called 30 Doradus. Hubble’s science team unveiled the image today (April 17) ahead of the 22nd anniversary of the iconic space telescope’s launch on April 24, 1990